Macworld: First Look: iPod I've kept my mouth shut while listening to other's criticisms of this device. Let me say now, however, that I have owned a Creative Nomad Jukebox, and the differences are huge. The Nomad Jukebox eats batteries very quickly, and I got about two hours of playback at the most out of it. The interface on it for navigating music is sometimes maddening, other times barely usable. Finally, transferring music takes forever. Sure it has huge capacity, but it has all sorts of things wrong with it. I look forward to using something that tranfers the music more quickly, lasts longer, and has a better interface. (I had a RioVolt for a few weeks before it got stolen, and it had the same interface issue when there was a lot of music to navigate.)

D-backs go up 2-0 in series. What can you say? Randy Johnson was incredible tonight. Now it goes back to New York. We'll see...

I spent five hours yesterday as part of a group of volunteers planting trees at Bessie Brahnam Park near my new house. Boy am I sore today. The Georgia clay we were planting into was severly compressed and seemed like rock at times.

Not much updating going on here the last few days. I've been doing a bunch of things, but mainly coming to grips with where I'm at in my life right now and trying to decide which way I want to go now. I'm sure this whole process is something that everyone who gets laid off goes through after their layoff. I'll be more active here this week as I ramp myself back up and begin looking into both contract work and full time jobs. First things first though, a revamped resume is job one for the early part of this week.

Apple - iPod

Joe Torre: "To me, the NY on our caps means more than baseball this year."

They are playing "New York, New York" in the Bronx right now because the Yankees are going to their fourth straight World Series. Looking back, three weeks ago, no one expected them to be here, but they came through. That's character.

When did blogdex redesign? The summaries are very helpful.

Yankees win 3-1 by a walkoff home run. Man, great baseball by both teams tonight. On a separate note, I can't believe how humble these players are. Think about this, they have basically dominated the sport of baseball for the last five years. I don't hear any of them, not a one, making any claims about how great their team is. They basically let their playing do the talking. Some others seem to feel like they can assign any negative emotion they want to the Yankees, but I haven't seen anything that resembles what he describes in the dugout or in print. I haven't missed a game yet. Get a grip ya sore loser. The Yankees have character, more than you are giving them credit for.

Yankees edge Mariners to take 2-0 ALCS lead. Works for me. Don't believe the media's attempts to now convince you that this series is all but over. The Mariners are a strong franchise, just like the Yankees, with character. It won't be over until the last out.

ESPN.com has become "msn.espn.go.com" over the years. What's next? "yahoo.msn.aol.cnn.time.espn.go.com"? Come on now people.

This article reports on some interesting developments in the whole title 9 debate that has raged seemingly forever. Seems that, by and large, the women who run these programs seem to not be very happy that men are invading their sport. If these women were men running, say men's football programs at these schools, they would be looked down upon for trying to exclude an athlete based on their sex. I say to these people, you can't have it both ways. You have to apply these rules equally, and if an athlete is better than another athlete, you must play them.

Brent's really kicking butt over at mac.scripting.com. This is more interesting to me than it would have been a month ago. Mac OS x 10.1 has really brought me back over to the Mac platform full time. Still wishing for a few more apps though.

Yankees beat Mariners in Game One 4-2.. There is no doubt in my mind that this is going to be a great series. Two great teams with character. That's something that the National League lacks these days. It's certainly not that there aren't players with character on the two National League clubs that remain, but just that it doesn't seem like the teams themselves have character.

Mmmm cable. I haven't had television for over a month. I mostly wanted to get it again now because of the baseball post-season. I was so happy that the Yankees won their first series against Oakland. Unlike many other Yankee fans these days it seems, I don't take the post-season for granted. I was a Yankee fan through the very challenging eighties. Say what you will, there is no franchise in the history of organized sports that has a larger commitment to excellence than the Bronx Bombers. While other franchises may flirt with success, the Yanks have returned to the well over and over again. Now, in my opinion, that's a philosphy. That's one I've believed in for the twenty five years I have been a Yankee fan now, all my baseball life.

I'm waiting for AT&T Broadband to come and install cable. Conveniently, I didn't have to take time off to wait due to my lack of a job. Needless to say, this whole waiting thing is getting a little old. I'm about two minutes away from the end of my "window", and there is no sign of them yet. Of course, this is somewhat less frustrating than my current home Internet access situation. Bellsouth came out and turned my Earthlink DSL connection on over a month ago, but Earthlink has failed to deliver the equipment for that connection. So it sits there and I am constrained to a dialup connection. What in the world happened to customer service?

I have a winner in the contest. The answer was 33.

Contest: If I were a Hobbit, I would be an adult today. How old am I? The prize is yet to be determined, but will be something good. (The two people who I tried this out on are not eligible to win, so Nathan and Sara please do not respond.)

Always a few months behind the curve, I joined the ranks of the laid off this morning. I am now considering my options and checking my financial situation. This is not an amicable situation, but I'll get into that later. The entire Atlanta office of my company is now kaput.

I had a great weekend away from my keyboard. It's incredible how many leaves the Pecan tree in my backyard is dropping. I think it may be having a contest with the Pecan tree in my front yard to see who can drop the most leaves in the shortest amount of time. I received, as an early birthday present, a George Foreman Lean Mean Grilling Machine. I'm going to fire that baby up tonight. Well, back to workish activities.

Dan Bricklin: Copy Protection Robs The Future

NY Times: Interactive Map of the targets hit in Afghanistan on October 7th and 8th.

So I just went out to lunch with some people who thought, for some reason, that it would be neat if I could mention the fact that we had lunch on my Web site. Can you imagine that?

Is That So?

FBI Page Detailing Hijackers activities before attack. I had missed this, as I'm sure I've missed a lot of things in the sea of information we are all swimming in.

Apple: Perl on Mac OS X

phpGroupWare is a multi-user web-based groupware suite written in PHP.

Dave says: "Of course the American League is not a "real" league."

hehe. Why don't you come talk to me about your "league" when your team has won half the World Series that mine has? Oh, perhaps it is difficult to get a good perspective when your team has only been around since 1959? When your team has been around for another 56 years you might have the perspective to understand what a real league is. Heh.

CF_XMLRPC is a set of tags that implements the Remote Procedure Call over XML (XML-RPC) specification in ColdFusion. (via Scripting News)

Despite the lack of opinion in yesterday's post, my dear old Unamerican friend from September sent me another gem of an email yesterday, saying (and I am quoting directly here) that "America will pay dearly for this." and "Fuck America" I'm trying to decide if this is something I should be forwarding to the FBI. The first is most certainly something that could be construed as a threat against our country. Finally, I am confused by people who condemn this nation, but take advantage of it's freedoms as a guest. You don't like it? I think you might have a good idea where our borders are, go across them. One of the freedoms you have in this country is the freedom to leave.

And so it begins. We are attacking.

The Halloween Dock App. "An animated hallo-weenie pumpkin for your dock." (Mac OS X only)

Coding a search engine that allows the user to search several databases of Web content as well as binary data stored in the file system is not as much fun as it looks, I'm afraid. I've been working through the weekend, and I'm not too happy about it. However, I did manage to sneak in some yard work "fun" this afternoon. I'll be happy when it's all over.

I forgot to mention how floored and excited I was by the Fellowship of The Ring Trailer. Is it sad, in fact, that I knew the exact moment of each of the pieces within the context of the book upon seeing them? Can you name the one reallly obvious plot difference shown in the trailer?

WriteTheWeb: Introducing MovableType Of course, if you haven't heard of movabletype, you should go here first.

Student Suspended Over Suspected Use of PHP "A teacher overheard him say that he was using PHP, and as part of our Zero-Tolerance policy against drug use, he was immediately suspended."

The Weblogger User Group : Announcing the Weblogger User Group I'm going to try and organize whatever Atlanta chapter there is going to be. If you are an Atlanta blogger and interested in meeting other Atlanta bloggers, email me. Please also know what nights are best for you and where you live in Atlanta.

My gym has moved into the Internet era and I can finally look to see what classes are being offered each day online. Not very exciting for anyone else, I would guess, but exciting for me.

Wired: Onion's Bitter Tears of Irony "There is no upside to this, except in making people think about how far up their asses their heads have been."

Pocket PC 2002

www.5inch.com custom designed cdr's and cases. ( I do, however, doubt that many American men will be buying the shirts they are selling that have a huge 5" on the chest.)

Making XML-RPC and SOAP Requests With AppleScript

Why Compaq's iPaq won't dominate new Pocket PCs "The seeming domination of Compaq's iPAQ over all things Pocket PC probably comes to an end this week."

Salman Rushdie: Fighting the Forces of Invisibility. To be fair, I've seen this article linked on a variety of sites, but I think it's important enough to point to it from here as well. I think this quote says it all: "To excuse such an atrocity by blaming U.S. government policies is to deny the basic idea of all morality: that individuals are responsible for their actions."

tweaker is Nine Inch Nails founding member Chris Vrenna. Quirky and rewarding, in my opinion, the song with David Sylvian, which you can download, is really good.

Potential Mac OS X 10.1 Gotchas

They Might Be Giants new CD, Mink Car, delights as they always seem to. "You're older than you've ever been, and now you're even older."

OS X 10.1 includes support for Java WebStart I noticed this last night, but wasn't quite sure what it meant and if it was really something I would find interesting. Now, I think it is. This page has some interesting demos.

Easy Web Content Management with XMLcmNOW "XMLcmNOW is a content management system based on XML and XSLT technology." (via dangerous meta)

Subversion Project Home Page "The goal of the Subversion project is to build a version control system that is a compelling replacement for CVS in the open source community."

Conflict on the horizon. "...they were holding the Saudi-born millionaire and hiding him in secret for his own safety." I'm having a hard time understanding the tactical position that the Taliban, and even Bin Laden himself, are taking here. It's clear, despite the difficulty of waging a conventional land war in Afghanistan, that the deck is so completely stacked against them that there is only one way in which they can even stay in power. So, wouldn't it be better to hand over this person, and maintain power in the country? I'm sure they could then talk the US into economic aid. It seems that, regardless of their current position, they are choosing to try and win this one very small battle rather than looking long term. Knowing this, there is only one explanantion that makes any sense, which is that Bin Laden is the one really running things there. By not having an official position in the government he manipulates our current system of world nation state relations and poses a sort of Catch 22 situation. From a PR perspective, it is necessary for our country to eliminate the confusion about his role in Afghanistan.